When it comes to the title of the greatest player in world football, the argument never strays much further than the names of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – however, one footballer staking a claim for the crown is Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah.
‘The Egyptian King’ has been nothing short of a revelation since his arrival at Anfield during the summer and took his adoration to newfound heights on Tuesday evening, as he scored twice and provided two assists as Liverpool put his former club Roma to the sword, defeating the Italians 5-2 to place one foot firmly in the UEFA Champions League final.
Salah has been a model of consistency this season, it’s hard to remember him having a single bad game in the red shirt.
However, these statistics – courtesy of Who Scored, emphasise just how instrumental he has been in the Reds’ success this season.
While on the brink of a potential European triumph, Jurgen Klopp’s side also occupy third place in the Premier League table – almost certainly guaranteed of qualification for next year’s edition of Europe’s top club competition.
Salah has been at the heart of it all, so much so that despite the fact he has faced 25 different opponents since joining in the summer – there is only one club that Salah hasn’t scored or at least provided an assist against.
1 – The number of clubs Mo Salah has failed to assist or score against this season.
In domestic terms, Salah has found the net against sixteen of the nineteen clubs he has come up against, scoring his first Premier League goal for Liverpool against Watford in August, then scoring his first hat-trick for the club in the reverse fixture, when he grabbed four in a 5-0 win on March 17th.
The list goes on, with Salah having fired against Arsenal, Burnley, Leicester, Tottenham, West Ham, Southampton, Chelsea, Stoke, Everton, Bournemouth, Manchester City, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively this season – as his tally lies at a record-equalling 31 Premier League goals.
He failed to find the net against Swansea but laid on two assists in a 5-0 win on December 26th, before his side fell to a 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture on January 22nd.
Salah also has not yet scored versus Brighton this campaign but did provide an assist in another comprehensive 5-1 victory over the Seagulls on December 2nd, however he will have the chance to add another to the list when the Reds wrap up their domestic season at home to Chris Hughton’s side on May 13th.
In FA Cup terms, Liverpool only played one game in the competition this term, crashing out 3-2 to West Brom – but again Salah was on the scoresheet. The Egyptian played no part in this season’s Carabao Cup.
The 25-year-old has scored or laid on a goal against every single opponent he has faced in all competitions for his new club this season, except Manchester United.
– Manchester United – The only club Salah has failed to score or assist against this season.
He has been at the forefront of Liverpool’s incredible run to the last four of the UEFA Champions League, scoring against every opponent the Reds have faced.
Salah found the net against Hoffenheim in the qualification rounds, before firing home in a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the first group game. He then added two goals and an assist in a 7-0 drubbing of Maribor, before scoring against the Slovenian side again in a 3-0 win.
The former Roma man also scored once in his team’s 7-0 hammering of Spartak Moscow in November, before netting in their 5-0 away win over Porto in the round of 16 first leg, then scoring in either leg of their 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in the quarter-finals, before notching two against his old side on Thursday evening.
Salah has played 47 games for Liverpool, notching 43 goals and laying on 13 assists. Having faced 25 different teams, there is only one against which he has not either been the finisher or provider for a goal.
Liverpool drew 0-0 with Manchester United at Anfield earlier in the season, before a 2-1 defeat in March at Old Trafford.
Salah’s consistency has been absolutely incredible, seeing him deservedly pick up the PFA Player of the Year Award as he has proven to be one of the greatest talents in the English top flight in many years.
Should his remarkable form continue, there are no reasons why Liverpool fans can’t dream of being crowned European champions, and King Mo being crowned the greatest player on the planet.
If things continue as they have, there would be little or no surprise.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.